- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Species: Dog
- Rescue ID: D190007
- Current Size: 38 Pounds
- Current Age: 2 Years 6 Months (best estimate)
- Location: Westville IN 46391
- Housetrained: Yes
Rain will only be available to those with herding breed, obedience and reactive dog experience.
I've known Rain since she was just 6 weeks old. She was in a good home with a couple that loved her dearly. Rain didn't have a yard that was fenced so she was taken out on leash to potty and was never taught loose leash walking. While her family was gone to work during the day Rain had free reign of the house. During this free time she learned to entertain herself by standing in the bow window barking at everything and tearing up furniture.
When Rain was just 20 months old her family decided to split and no one could keep her, so she was surrendered to a shelter. Because of her good looks she was adopted out quickly but was returned after only one day. Her adopters complained that she barked nonstop in the car and didn't get along with their Chihuahua.
Rain was in the shelter for one week when I found out she was there. When I went to pull her the shelter employees told me about her adoption but didn't have any details about her and the Chihuahua. I asked about Rain's behavior in the shelter and this is what they told me. She barks at every dog that walks by her kennel and had to be muzzled during her exam. I put a leash on Rain and off we went. She seemed extremely stressed and yes, she did bark at everything as we drove home.
After a couple of weeks Rain seemed much more relaxed. She enjoyed good food, bully sticks and running in the back yard. I was also able to take Rain to the vet and no muzzle was needed. She did great! The bad habits she learned in her previous home have improved but she still needs to be watched. I keep toys all over so she has something to grab instead of the furniture and she is crated when she can't be supervised We play "find it" in the car and she now very seldom barks when out for a ride. She is still reactive when out on leash and behind a fence. I'm very careful when she is outside to not allow her to rehearse these behaviors.
Rain is a very social dog with people and other dogs. She gets super excited when meeting a new dog and doesn't understand personal space. She will run right up to a dog and want to play. Because of this she is not a dog that should be taken to a dog park. Not all dogs appreciate a new dog getting right in their face.
Rain is not a dog for most people. She is reactive on leash and to other dogs on the other side of the fence. She has made a great deal of progress but she still has a long way to go. I keep a 50' training lead on Rain at all times when she is outside in my yard. I have to be ready if my neighbors dogs come out or if a dog is being walked in front of my house.
When walking on leash I have to keep a safe distance from other dogs to keep her under threshold. If dogs are too close we turn around and head in the othe direction.
Rain will only be available to those that understand how to work with reactive dogs.
Beauty and Brains!
Rain has it all! This 2 year old Australian Shepherd/Belgian Shepherd Malinois female is a gorgeous girlie, she is active and incredibly smart! If you're looking for a dog that can keep up with you and just LOVES frisbee, then look no further.
Rain is such a joy to work with. She knows "sit" "down" "shake" "rollover" "spin" "place". We're working on "Leave it" "drop it" and "loose leash walking". Rain impresses me every day with her recall. I keep adding more and more distractions to it. She is a very soft dog, eager to please and food motivated.
Rain is always ready to play. She likes toys, splashing in the kiddie pool, fetching tennis balls and playing with other dogs. But.......She is also great at coming inside and cuddling on the couch. You just never know when she is going to crawl on your lap for some snuggles.
This goofy bundle of enthusiasm might be too much for young children, so a home with adults or older children would be best. Did I mention what an athlete this girlie is? She can jump a 3' x-pen without a running start. Like many herding dogs, Rain does have a high prey drive and will chase vehicles. Because of this a secure fence and a home with herding breed and obedience experience is a must for her. A home that enjoys keeping a dog mentally and physically active!
Rain is reactive to other dogs while on leash or on the other side of the fence. I'm teaching Rain that's it's okay to look at the other dogs but not bark and lunge at them with a sit/maintain. She's making such progress with this, but will need a home that understands dog reactivity and how to work through it.
Please stay tuned to more updates on this fun loving girl!
Rain is being fostered in Westville, Indiana. If you would like additional information Rain, please feel free to contact he foster, Sharon, at firstname.lastname@example.org For additional information on adopting Rain or any of the other CBBCR foster dogs, go to the CBBCR website at www.comebyebcrescue.org